I’ve just realised I completely missed last weeks Friday Photo Challenge. As I have just spent half an hour writing a post and sorting through photos to show you on a theme that was actually last weeks, I thought I may as well show you them anyway!!

The theme for last weeks photo challenge (from Postcard from Gibraltar) was Sweet. Now I’m not much of a sweet person, I never think to buy sweets (…I’d always prefer to go in a bakers and get a sticky bun!) and I’d always have a starter in preference to a pudding.

Instead I decided to share photos of Helen looking very sweet when she was a tot wearing dresses I made her. I got quite into smocking when she was little, helped by the fact that my mum bought a smocking machine so I didn’t have to do all the gathering!

Most of the designs came from the Australian Smocking magasine, which is a sister to the embroidery magasine Classic Inspirations. There were some beautiful dresses in there.

This one is my favourite, I still have it tucked away, I have plans to have it framed in a box frame so it hangs…one day!

This dress has embroidered circles of flowers down the button band, faggoted ribbon bands and rows of embroiderey on the hem bands.


The smocking is called a bishops neckline as it goes in a full circle around the neck. It’s got dozens of bullion roses in amongst the smocking which I seem to remember took forever!.

I made a fine cotton underskirt with vintage broderie anglais along the hem so it just peeped out underneath.

Doesn’t she look sweet 🙂

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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10 Responses to Sweet

  1. I love the idea of framing the dress in box frame…the dresses are ‘sweet’ – perfect post for sweet – Helen is beyond adorably sweet!!!!

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  2. tialys says:

    These are beautiful, heirloom quality dresses – a real labour of love and, yes, very sweet!

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    A perfect depiction of sweet!

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  4. sewchet says:

    Oh yes, framing is a great idea when you’ve made something as perfect as these!

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  5. Mary says:

    These are gorgeous! What precious photos!

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  6. katechiconi says:

    What amazing labours of love you’ve made, real heirlooms. My mother made me wonderful smocked dresses when I was a child, and I wish she’d kept them. I remember my favourite was coral coloured linen with black and white smocking and shiny black dome buttons. I was 5, and it’s now 52 years ago, but I still remember it well.

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  7. tonymarkp says:

    I haven’t seen such carefully and beautifully executed embroidery on garments like this in a very long time!

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  8. KerryCan says:

    That’s incredible work you did! So beautiful and detailed–and full of love! that one dress should definitely be preserved!

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  9. You were the smocking queen – those pieces are amazing…and very sweet 🙂


  10. Ali says:

    There is so much work in these dresses – amazing!


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